SK Telecom has announced that its self-driving car has completed a successful test run. The vehicle demonstration took place on the Gyeongbu Expressway, the most heavily traveled expressway in Korea where the company’s self-driving vehicle traveled 26 kilometers in real traffic conditions at an average speed of 50km/h. During the tests, the car could reach the maximum speed of 80kmph. The software was designed so that the car doesn’t exceed this speed limit in accordance with the government regulations.
The company has said that it will conduct more tests in various environments at the same time developing innovative self-driving technologies. The company plans to connect self-driving vehicles to its 5G trial networks to advance technologies that can significantly enhance driving safety via IoT and real-time communication with the control tower.
The car has been developed by SK Telecom’s Vehicle Tech Lab while working closely with diverse partners like Nvidia, LG Electronics and a Seoul National University team led by Professor Lee Kyeong-soo. The group is working to develop self-driving technologies such as artificial intelligence computer, sensors, communication and route determination/tracing.
SK Telecom had this year received a license from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, South Korea for testing its autonomous driving car on local roads. SK Telecom has also developed ‘T5,’ world’s first 5G connected car, realized through a combined set of key 5G technologies. The company is also working with Ericsson and BMW Group Korea on 5G connected cars.